Installing Tarballs

Ewan Mac Mahon ewan at macmahon.me.uk
Sat Sep 9 16:30:56 UTC 2006


On Sat, Sep 09, 2006 at 10:28:09AM -0400, Taylor Peterson wrote:
> I too seem to be having trouble installing things from source.  Here is
> the message I get when I "./configure":
> 
It might be handy to know what is is you're actually trying to build -
not all configure scripts are the same, so there's no way to be specific
without knowing which this is.

<snip>
 
> Here is what dpkg -l build-essential shows:
> No packages found matching build-essential.
>
OK; that means that the build-essential meta package isn't installed.
Build-essential isn't strictly necessary since there's nothing in it,
however, it depends upon most of the things that you need to compile
source, so if you install it (with adept/synaptic/apt-get etc.) then
you're guaranteed to get most of what you need.
 
> and gcc --version:
> 
> This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO 
> warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
>
There should have been some more to that, including the actual version
number. On my system (running Breezy) it says:

gcc (GCC) 4.0.2 20050808 (prerelease) (Ubuntu 4.0.1-4ubuntu9)
Copyright (C) 2005 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO
warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

From here, try installing build-essential, and let us know what you're
compiling, and we'll take it from there.

Ewan

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